What is the Suzuki Method?

A way of teaching a musical instrument, the Suzuki Method is based upon language acquisition. It emphasizes listening, mastery of small steps, and the importance of environment. The parent plays an integral role, acting as note-taker during the lessons and as a practice partner at home. In addition to private lessons, the student also participates in weekly group classes. Typically, students start at a very young age (usually around 5 years old) but the Suzuki method is for the young and old alike.

For more information regarding the Suzuki Method please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas website where a detailed overview of the method is provided.

Why choose the viola?

SoundThe beautiful, mellow, velvety sound of the viola is unmatched. Closest to the  human voice, it allows the player to find ultimate self expression.

VarietyThe repertoire for the viola is rich with solo literature but it also plays an integral role in chamber and orchestral music. It has also found a large voice in contemporary music.

High DemandThe old adage “We can always use a good violist”  is true!

LineageMany of the great composers played the viola, including Mozart and Beethoven.

Growth -  The viola is gaining in prestige and reputation.

Community -  Join a group of creative, vibrant, passionate and welcoming musicians.

Where can I learn more?

Mindset – by: Carol Dweck

The Talent Code – by: Daniel Coyle

How To talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk – by: Faber and Mazlish

Nurtured by Love – by: Shinichi Suzuki

Teaching From the Balance Point – by: Edward Kreitman

Helping Parents Practice Ideas for Making it Easier – by: Edward Sprunger

Where Can I find you?

I am currently the director of the Suzuki at The Green Room Viola Program. The Green Room is located on Bow Street in Somerville, MA. Group lessons are held at New England Conservatory.www.thegreenroomsomerville.com

Contact me to schedule an observation and to set up a trial lesson. This will give you an opportunity to learn about the program and my teaching style.  When we meet I will give you more information regarding the registration process, materials and schedule.

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They develop a beautiful heart.

– Dr. Shinichi Suzuki